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Fireworks and explosives


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Licence for the sale and storage - Fireworks Act 2003 - Explosives Regulations 2014
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You will need a licence from Conwy County Borough Council if you sell or store explosives, including fireworks in the county of Conwy.

Fireworks and explosives must be stored safely and securely. You will need a licence from us if you store or sell fireworks to show you are fit to do so, and you will be subject to periodic inspections to ensure your premises complies with all of the legal requirements.

The type of licence you need will depend on when you intend to sell or store fireworks. Standard licences will apply if you are selling or storing fireworks or explosives during the typical fireworks seasons; however you can also apply for an all year round licence if you are planning to trade outside of these times.

We may refuse an application if we consider the storage site to be unsuitable on safety grounds, or if there is evidence to suggest the applicant is not a fit person to store fireworks or explosives.

 

Explosives covered by the licence

  • ammunition and shooters' powders
  • blasting explosives
  • fireworks (pyrotechnics)
  • gunpowder
  • marine flares

 

Conditions

You must make sure that you understand, and comply with, the legal requirements of storing fireworks. These are set out in the Explosives Regulations 2014.

You don’t need a licence to store up to 5 kilograms of fireworks or explosives.

If you want to store more than 2 tonnes (2,000 kg) of explosives at one location then you’ll need to apply for a licence from the Health and Safety Executive.

 

Approval

We may need to do a site visit. This is usually if you want to store more than 250 kilograms of fireworks or explosives.

 

Selling fireworks

Fireworks can only be sold at certain times of the year:

  • from 15 October to 10 November
  • from 26 December to 31 December
  • the first day of Chinese New Year and the 3 days before it
  • the first day of Diwali and the 3 days before it

 If you want to sell fireworks outside of these dates you’ll need an all year round licence – that’s in addition to the storage licence.

An all year licence will allow you to sell fireworks all year round, outside of the dates specified.

 

Fees

The new fees came into effect on the 6th April 2016

Explosives Licencing below 250kg NEC
 1 Year2 Years3 Years4 Years5 Years

Licence <250kg NEC

£109

£141

£173

£206

£238

Renewal <250kg NEC

£54

£86

£120

£152

£185

*Variation of Licence

£36

 

 

 

 

*Transfer/ Replacement

£36

 

 

 

 

 

Explosives Licencing above 250kg NEC maximum 2,000kg NEC
 1 Year2 Years3 Years4 Years5 Years

Licence >250kg NEC

£185

£243

£304

£374

£423

Renewal >250kg NEC

£86

£147

£206

£266

£326

*Variation of Licence

£36

 

 

 

 

*Transfer/ Replacement

£36

 

 

 

 


*Regulation 16 (a) Varying a Licensee name or address of site £36

*Regulation 16 (b) any other kind of variation – the reasonable cost to the licencing authority of having the work carried out

*Regulation 17 Transfer or Replacement of licence £36

 

General Notes

£500 - All year round Fireworks Licence

 

Legislation and Conditions

The Health and Safety and Nuclear Fees Regulations can be found following the link below:

Health and Safety and Nuclear Fees Regulations 2016

 

Processing and Timescales

We must deal with your application within 28 days We may need to do a site visit. This is usually if you want to store more than 250 kilograms of fireworks or explosives.

 

Get in touch

If you need help with fireworks and explosives licences, please contact us:

You can also make your application; By appointment: from 10.00am - 4.00pm Monday to Friday

Coed Pella
Conway Road
Colwyn Bay
LL29 7AZ

By post:

Trading Standards
PO Box 1
Conwy
LL30 9GN

 

Other licences for explosives

Licences for manufacturing explosives must be obtained from the Health and Safety Executive.

Storage Licence Application

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